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Steering a course for LA

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An impressive number of Aussie actors are flying high after this year’s US pilot season. Lizzie Franks reports on who they are and how they got there

Most Australian actors are familiar with the craziness that is ‘pilot season’, either through personal experience or the war stories they’ve heard from friends. Sleeping on couches, traffic gridlock, exhaustion, nerves and angst are some of the defining traits of the whole ordeal.

Pilot season is that time of year (usually mid-January to mid-April) when the major US networks – ABC, CBS, NBC, The CW and Fox – ask writers, producers and studios to cast and produce a prototype of the first episode of a television series. Although they can be filmed any time of year, most are produced during pilot season. So it’s no wonder actors from all over the world flock to Los Angeles to try their luck, hoping for their big break.

2012 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award: Nominate Now!

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Who do you think should be the recipient of the 2012 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Foxtel? Last year’s recipient was Maggie Dence (pictured). Who like Maggie demonstrates a career of fine work and has been an inspiration to other performers? Nominations close on Friday, August 31. The final decision will be made by your National Performers Committee. Have your say here.

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Live Theatres, Local Jobs: Meetings in Melb and Syd

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Earlier this year Live Performance Australia (LPA) terminated the Agreement Governing the Use of Foreign Artists in Live Theatre in Australia without prior discussion. Australian performers are invited to attend members’ rmeetings in Sydney and Melbourne to hear about the campaign so far and to consider the next steps.

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Karvan appointed to Screen Australia Board

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Equity would like to congratulate Equity member Claudia Karvan on her appointment to Screen Australia's Board which was announced today by the Federal Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean and Screen Australia. You can read Screen Australia's press release here

Selling yourself

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Keep your finger on the digital world’s pulse by using social media to promote your ‘brand’ online. Pearl Tan and Candice Wise have some timely advice

As an actor, your personal brand is your livelihood. Like it or not, social media is not going away any time soon and it plays a huge part in building your personal brand. YouTube is currently the second-largest search engine in the world, Facebook has more than 900 million monthly active users and there are more than 200 million Tweets each day.

Voice of experience

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What does it take to get a foothold in the extremely competitive field of voiceover? Practitioner and coach Abbe Holmes offers some insider’s tips

Let’s start by talking about what’s out there. Hundreds of voiceovers are produced nationally every week, mainly radio ads and promos, also called ‘imaging’, and mostly made in-house at the stations. In-house radio production caters to the ‘single event’ or ‘short campaign’ advertiser and the stations churn them out.

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